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Publication covering sports, fitness and history.

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 1, Fall

Covering the World Series Nearly a Century Ago
On October 19, 1911, in the midst of a six-day rain delay between games 3 and 4 of the 1911 World Series between the Philadelphia A's and the New York Giants, reporters at Shibe Park in Philadelphia had plenty of time on their hands. Figure 1 has former...
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Diamond Quotes
"How you play the game is for college ball. When you're playing for money, winning is the only thing that matters. Show me a good loser in professional sports, and I'll show you an idiot." LEO DUROCHER "Too many things seem to upset the lords of baseball,...
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Dick Young: Not So "Young Ideas" on the Barricades in 1968
Some scholars termed 1968 as the year of the barricades, for the world seemingly teetered on the brink of revolutionary change in Algeria, France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Vietnam, and even the United States. Americans in 1968 lurched from one crisis...
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Gatekeepers of Americana: Ownership's Never-Ending Quest for Control of the Baseball Creed
John Gaherin, the chief negotiator for the owners' Player Relations Committee (PRC), addressed the congregation of owners at the December 1975 winter meetings with some sobering news: they were very likely going to lose the Messersmith arbitration....
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Leo Durocher's Last Stand: Anti-Semitism, Racism, and the Cubs Player Rebellion of 1971
Chicago Cubs fans, for whom the compound adjective "long-suffering" was coined, have an unfortunate and self-flagellating habit of referencing the year 1969 as empirical evidence of their unwavering loyalty to a lofty ideal in the face of a catastrophic...
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Mantle
George Roy and Steven Stern. Mantle. HBO Sports, 2005. The HBO film Mantle does not offer significant new material concerning the Yankee great, but it puts the events of his life into a narrative--the rise, fall, and resurrection of a great ballplayer...
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Open Classification: The Pacific Coast League's Drive to Turn Major
Long before Walter O'Malley and Horace Stoneham booked their tickets and packed their bags, the West Coast was actively abuzz with the prospect of hosting Major League Baseball. By the 1940s the Pacific Coast League (PCL), which boasted Los Angeles...
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Semipro Baseball's Golden Era (1935-1941): A Tale of Two Cities
In the post-Civil War era, the future sites of the cities of Duncan and Enid in western Oklahoma were supply points 137 miles apart on the famous Chisholm Cattle Trail, now paralleled by U.S. Highway 81. This great artery of the northern cattle drive...
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The Evolution of Baseball's Amateur Draft
The player draft in Major League Baseball began in 1965. This paper examines the reasons for the draft and how it has changed over the years. With the advent of free agency in 1975 and the growing strength of the Major League Baseball Players Association...
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The Mouth Roars No Longer: Pete Franklin, Sports Talk, and Cleveland Indians Baseball, 1967-1987
Standing on the pinnacle of greatness! The [Ninth] Wonder of the World! A walking encyclopedia of sports knowledge! Compelling to hear! The undisputed champion at his game, and held in awe by his peers! Who can this paragon of excellence be? Why ......
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Triple Play: Personal Reviews, Op-Ed Pieces, and Polemics from outside the Purview of the Umpires
Leagues of Their Own Why would anybody spend long hours hunched over a flat surface, tracking the progress of imaginary baseball games? No simple answer may suffice, but since practitioners by the tens of thousands--some of them famous--have engaged...
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